A lifelong Manchester United fan, Patrick Lawler got to meet his heroes in a dying wish that came true before passing away 45 minutes later.
Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah paid Paddy a visit (Photo Credit: Kayleigh Lawler Carson)
A 73-year-old lifelong supporter of the Red Devils and a prostate cancer patient, Paddy Lawler, who had told his family he would love to meet with the United squad before his death, has passed away after his dying wish of meeting Manchester United players came true.
Despite the request seeming like a long shot, Lawler’s granddaughter, Kayleigh, posted an appeal on Facebook for anyone to help get in touch with the club in order for his wish to be granted.
The post was seen by the cousin on United’s player, Jesse Lingard. The winger, alongside Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, visited Lawler three days later, and 45 minutes after the visit, he passed on.
Kayleigh’s original post had read,
“Please, can everyone share? I’m trying to get a few of Manchester United players to come and visit my grand dad. We asked him the other day if he would like to do anything before his time comes and he said to meet the team. I’ve emailed the MUFC Foundation, but no reply yet!
“And not sure how long we have left with him, so I want to get this as a surprise. He’s a massive fan; even tried his hardest to keep his eyes open yesterday to watch the match, but, sadly, he missed it!
“I know he will be so gutted that he didn’t watch it. I’m sure he will be a very happy man if I can get his last wish
“Thank you to u all. Xxx”
Kayleigh, 27, later thanked the players on the same social media platform.
She described them as “incredibly selfless”. She wrote, “Top lads, all four of them. Thanks so much to everyone who helped. Sure my grand dad’s over the moon.”
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